Set during the Hundred Years War, the protagonist of The White Company is a cloister-raised young nobleman who discovers that his father's will stipulated he travelled for a year before taking his vows. Setting off on his adventures, he finds himself part of the White Company - a group of mercenary archers en route to France. The horror of ...
Set during the Hundred Years War, the protagonist of The White Company is a cloister-raised young nobleman who discovers that his father's will stipulated he travelled for a year before taking his vows. Setting off on his adventures, he finds himself part of the White Company - a group of mercenary archers en route to France. The horror of fighting awaits him - but so does the promise of valour. This is a lively and action-packed account of the exploits of a crew of Saxon archers, realistic and incredibly atmospheric in its depictions of medieval life, with a satisfying and compelling combination of breathless adventure and romantic chivalry.
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Beautifully bound and illustrated, Doyle immersed himself in archaic English and French and delivers in this fascinating adventure about one of the Crusades. I must add that what he delivers is a bit of a muddle for 21st Century readers -- so many names of official positions in Middle English and French -- the names of foods, places, past-times -- though they lend tremendous flavor to the narrative, are maddening in that they require continual sorting out, or looking up in the dictionary or online. Still, the heroes journey has a sweep that is irresistible.
Dec 23, 2011
One of my new all-time favorites! I wasn't sure if I would like it, but as a medieval history major, I love historical fiction and non-fiction. VERY entertaining and witty. Some of Sir Nigel's dialogue had me laughing out loud.
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